Importance of Disaster Recovery and Backup Plans

May 7th, 2015 by admin

Severe weather strikes, power goes out, business shuts down, and computer systems are inaccessible. Now what? Without a disaster recovery strategy or comprehensive backup plan, your “now what?” quickly translates to profit loss, cessation of business operations, expensive recovery, and loss of consumer confidence. The only way to protect your company is to implement a plan for disaster recovery.  

What is Disaster Recovery and Data Backup?

Disaster Recovery is a business strategy for recovering from a natural or human disaster. A DR plan is included in a business’s continuity planning. The process ensures a business can recover swiftly without major business interruptions. A Business Continuity Plan is a way for management and personnel to address the course of action for specific events. The Disaster Recovery portion of the Business Continuity Plan is the process for securing and recovering critical company data and hardware to continue business, regardless of location and in-office resources. Access to the company’s data is achieved with an established backup plan that occurs on a daily basis. Many times, backup plans require users to save files to an external hard drive, a series or disks, or backups can be achieved with remote data services—the cloud.  

What Data is included in a Backup Plan?

Think about it for a moment: What data do you need to access to resume business? Suddenly systems and data flood your mind. You need to remember that the data backup includes all the information your company cannot afford to lose when disaster strikes and systems go down. When determining what should be included in the backup, ask yourself what type of information the data contains and how critical the data is to your business. Completing a data audit will help you understand better the data your company stores, where it is stored, and what needs to be preserved. A data recovery service can assist your company with creating and implementing an effective data backup plan.  

You ARE at Risk

Not only are you protecting your business from the unknown, you are consolidating your business systems, making them more manageable and efficient. Data backup is more than copying data; it is a complete understanding, preservation and protection of the IT infrastructure. Every company is at risk for devastation, but many just don’t realize it. Common business disasters include fire, theft, vandalism, malware intrusion, security breaches, natural weather events, power outages, intentional employee acts, and unintentional employee error.  

What are the Benefits?

Company integrity, brand and profit are on the line. Disaster Planning and data backup are a simple way to plan for the worst and recover the best. Disaster Planning and data backup offers a wealth of benefits:
  • Protection of valuable assets
  • Minimal to no downtime
  • File encryption
  • Cost-effective solutions
  • Swift remote or on-site recovery
  • Automatic backups ensure forgetting won’t ruin the business
  • Preservation of business brand and public image
  • Preservation of company relations.

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